633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron

633 VGS falls under No 2 FTS based at RAF Syerston. The Squadron is run by RAFVR(T) officers and responsible for initial flight training. 633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron is based at RAF Cosford, set in the quiet and beautiful countryside of Shropshire, 150 miles (250 km) north-west of London.

Located adjacent to the A41, near Junction 3 of the M54, it has good road connections to the M6/M5 motorways; it also has its own railway station with regular services to Wolverhampton, with onward connections to Birmingham, London and Shrewsbury.

633 VGS is 1 of 27 other VGS’s in the UK and is run by Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (Training) Officers, ATC NCOs and Civilian Instructors with th


626 Volunteer Gliding Squadron, Predannack Airfield, Cornwall


[11/20/16]   As of 19 November 2016, 633 Squadron has been disbanded. This page will now be dedicated to 633`s memory and all the history of the squadrons 48 years of service to the Airforce and combined cadet forces.

We would welcome your comments / stories / photos to help keep the memory of 633 alive.


The prep has started.


633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron's cover photo

[11/19/16]   And so...... our last day arrives. Tonight we shall celebrate and remember our squadrons glorious history and bring to a close the final chapter...

633 Squadron 1948 - 2016

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In loving memory.... RIP 633

Brought to you by Scott Dawson!

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Team JetSim

Team JetSim Promo Video

A Massive THANK YOU to Rigfilm Productions for our promo video in aid of our WorldFlight event, raising as much money as possible for Magpas Air Ambulance! Please donate to this wonderful charity.. Irrespective of how small.. Every penny help save lives!


[09/24/16]   Plt Off Leon Greybe and instructor with 633 will be taking part in a charity event this November called World Flight 2016 flying a commercial 737-800 simulator virtually around the world. The event will last for 7 days and see the team flying for 24H a day, 45 sectors in total across 30 countries covering 37,153 miles. Team JetSim will be raising money for Magpas Air Ambulance supporting their life saving work.

Plt Off Greybe will be part of a team of amateur and professional pilots operating the simulator under the name Team JetSim and will be one of over 10 teams worldwide taking part in the event.

The event starts on November 5th and will be streamed live on Twitch. Please join us in wishing Plt Off Greybe and the rest of Team JetSim all the best for the event and hope they raise lots of money for Magpas!

For More information please visit:

FB Page: www.facebook.com/TeamJetsim/
Website: www.jetsimschool.co.uk/worldflight-2016.html
Just Give: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/JetSimWorldflight2016
Twitch www.twitch.tv/jetsimsch


633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron's cover photo


As 633`s time slowly draws to a close, we took some of the last photos of our Instructors around their beloved Vigilant...


633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron


We would like to congratulate Richard Shilton on passing flight grading and moving on to pilot training with the Royal Navy. Richard was a CGI with 633 until starting his basic officer training.

Richard, from us all at 633, we truly wish you only the best and success with your future career.

[08/18/16]   **SPECIAL REQUEST**

With 633 Squadron`s time fast coming to an end, we would be extremely grateful if you would share your memories of the squadron with us. We are after any photos / videos / stories.... basically anything to do with the squadron. The aim is to use these during our final farewell dinner later this year and then send everything to 2FTS for archiving.... Until 633 one day "hopefully" returns to active duty......

Please share your memories with us and email them to [email protected]

Thank you in advance...

All 633 Staff!


612 Volunteer Gliding Squadron

If you're planning on joining us for the flag lowering on August 14th and haven't let us know please can you drop us a line as we're trying to work out how much food and drink we'll need (we don't want to run out)!


Photos from 633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron's post

[06/18/16]   Tomorrow will be the last time that 633 will display at RAF Cosford Air Show (Official). If you are attending please do come and say hi. We have a Vigilant on display and would love to see you all.


Our "guests" for the Airshow weekend 😊👍


Today, members of 633 enjoyed a family BBQ at the squadron. The day was enjoyed by all and will be one of the last squadron events as the squadrons days slowly comes to an end with most of the instructors now being reassigned to their new posts across the VGS and AEF communities.


Air Cadet Aviation Relaunch:Written statement - HLWS591

It is with regret that we can confirm 633 will be disbanded as part of the cadet gliding restructure.

633VGS operated for 68 years form RAF Cosford and was the first military flying experience for many cadets..

From all the instructors, past and present, it has been an honor to be part of the RAF & ACO....

Until we fly together again....

Blue Skies Always!

parliament.uk My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State and Minister for Reserves (Mr Julian Brazier) has made the following Written Ministerial...


633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron


633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron's cover photo


633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron


633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron's cover photo


Instructors from 633 VGS enjoyed a visit to RAF museum Hendon today. The day was enjoyed by all with plans for our next excursion already in the planning phase... Highlight of the day was finding one aircraft on display that was flown by on of our instructors early on in his career.

And... Bonus points to anybody that can spot what is incorrect in the first picture.... 😜

[02/12/16]   All Sqn Staff, dont forget the Staff trip to Hendon Air Museum tonmorrow. Be at the Sqn for 08:00am tomorrow in civilian clothing.


Royal Air Force Air Cadets

With a top speed of 555knt a flight in the Hawk T2 isn't for the faint hearted, but after a six year cadet career including Nijmegen Marches, a Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and a range of UK and overseas camps, Cadet Warrant Officer Connor Williams was up for the challenge.

After passing a medical, Connor attended a passenger safety briefing and was kitted out with a flying suit and helmet before experience a once in a lifetime flight from RAF Valley around the Mid-Wales Mountains and two circuits of the famous Mach Loop.

[12/31/15]   From all the staff at 633 we wish you a Very Happy New Year and hope that 2016 brings you and your loved ones nothing but success.


On behalf of the officer commanding and all the staff from 633 squadron we would like to wish you and your loved one’s a very Merry Christmas!

Historical 633 Photos 18/11/2015

Historical 633 Photos

2015 Dining In Night 15/11/2015

2015 Dining In Night


Thank you to all that joined us at 633 VGS Reunion and Dining In Night. The nigth was a hughe success and enjoyed by all. Details for our 2016 Dining In Night will be posted soon.


Another well attended squadron training day completed. Thank you to all staff that put so much effort into, not only the return to flying work up, but also in helping finish the last few items on the squadron refurb move.


Staff training as part of the return to flying program - 10 October 2015


Ready for staff training. Today we will focus on emergency drills.


Lovely morning at RAF Cosford

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Spitfire flypast for Battle of Britain 75th weekend at Cosford

rafmuseum.org.uk Date: 12-13 September 2015 Time: 10.00am to 6.00pm Flypast: Saturday 4pm / Sunday 11.25am (weather permitting) A flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire will be a highlight for visitors attending a 75th anniversary event at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford later this month. The…


633's brand new PTT is now installed and fully operational. Staff refresher training as part of the recovery program will commence shortly.


Our new P.T.T (Simulator) has arrived and is currently being installed.

[08/12/15]   Stay tuned this weekend for updates as our new Vigilant Part Task Trainer (Simulator) is installed.....


2 Flying Training School

Everything is now set for the first national aerospace camp, the marquee is up, the engagement platforms setup, the Part Task Trainers ready, a great flying programme, visits to local RAF stations, flying displays and visiting aircraft, visit to the space centre and much more. All we need now are cadets! Join us for the welcome BBQ with Commandant ACO and Red 10 tomorrow night!


As part of the "Return To Flying" program, members of 633 practised their abandonment drills today. Here CFI Fl Lt Cartwright demonstrates the correct method.


Photos from 633 Volunteer Gliding Squadron's post


2 Flying Training School

We are fast approaching the start of our first national aerospace camp, there is lots planned and 160 cadets attending from across the Corps, we have a few surprises in store but here a few highlights, a visit to the national space centre, a visit and tour of the Vulcan, extra flying for every cadet during the week, a drop in by a Chinook, a visit to 45R Sqn at Cranwell, a visit by Red 10, a visit to the Air Space Battle Management Centre to name a few and a few top secret gems for now, We will have a live Twtter feed during the camp.


Some pictures of CGI Tom Forster and CGI Scott Dawson from 11/12th July at Seighford as part of the RAF Charitable Trust Scholarship for VGS instructors. Special thanks go out to Sqn Ldr Paul Whitters and the other members of Staffordshire Gliding Club for a great weekend of soaring, spinning and aerobatics. A further thank you to the RAFCT for providing the funding.


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CGI Greybe completed his simulator instructors course  at 2 Flying Training School , RAF Syersron today in preparation f...




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